HELP NEEDED - - - - Which London Airport???

Travel Forums Europe HELP NEEDED - - - - Which London Airport???

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1. Posted by clarife (Respected Member 294 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi All,

As per my thread below I am looking to fly to London from Dublin at the start of June(with Ryanair for about 1cent before taxes) but Ryanair only fly to Stansted, Gatwick & Luton. I know this means I would have to get a train which would cost about €50 return!

I could also fly to London city airport for a greater cost but less travelling.

Has anybody any tips, never been to london before and am a bit lost already!

2. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1388 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

For the Stansted express RyanAir sells tickets on board of the airplane (last year for 17 pounds for a return ticket, instead of the 23 pounds, they normaly would cost). Stansted Express will get you to Liverpool Station in about 45 minutes. (you also opt for the normal trainconnection, or a shuttle service)

London City Airport and Heathrow are the two airports that you can reach by tube. (notice Heathrow is outside of zone 1 and 2)

Gatwick and Luton, I don't know. But I guess you can find that on the websites of the airport

3. Posted by alisonkf (Budding Member 24 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

For Clarife,

Coach travel is much cheaper than the train in all circumstances in the UK. Google National Express to get sample journneys and fares - just input the journey you propose to make. Stansted is nearest to London, but no airport is near other than the City airport. Tube fares and bus fares inside London are horrendous. Seek out the cheapest daily inclusive ticket.

Cheers, Alison Fairgieve

4. Posted by jason_a (Budding Member 9 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


As someone who lives in London and regulary flies too, I'd have to dispute the above post about train and bus fares etc. Also, as someone who used to work in the travel industry I can tell you that using Ryanair and Stansted may be a false economy. I'm not just talking financial economy but also time. For a short trip , the last thing you want to do is have to deal with M25/M1 traffic jams cutting your enjoyment.

I'd be more than happy to give you some specific advise on dates / times etc, and also deals for booking shows.


btw - Even if you did want to travel by Bus from Stansted. National Express is expensive. easyBus will charge you £2 each way.

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hello Clarife

I flew to Gatwick and Luton a few times.
I cant remember much about them, but there was public transport, to get into the centre of London, from them.


6. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Gatwick is the most painless, it's a reasonably easy airport to get around (particularly compared to Heathrow), and there are fast, frequent, direct trains to Victoria (25 minutes) for about £12, plus cheaper National Express buses.

Luton and Stansted are both a bit of a hassle to get into London from, particularly Stansted which is way out in East Anglia and not really London at all, but there are cheap flights and cheap bus services (terravision/easybus).